Everything about PRIZM lenses.


There is no way to fully understand the benefits of Oakley PRIZM lenses until you experience them for yourself. But we will start by comparing sunglasses to a stereo. In the past all we could do was make lenses lighter or darker, kind of like only having a volume knob on your stereo. Then contrast enhancing technologies became available, which would be like also having bass and treble control.

Oakley takes that technology one major step further. They fine tune the light spectrum with PRIZM dyes to increase contrast and reduce glare for your specific sport, environment, and condition. That would be like having a personal sound technician to make all necessary adjustments for the highs and lows throughout each song so you can feel the individual notes. Sunglass Rob and Andrew give you everything you need to know about Oakley PRIZM Lens Technology in the video below.


  • Sharpens visual perception to help you see more clearly and react faster
  • Enhances colour recognition through boosted contrast to help you quickly spot what you need to see
  • Optimizes your ability to better see the important moving objects in your environment


PRIZM is a new Oakley lens technology that fine tunes vision for specific environments. The lenses work to emphasize colours where the eye is most sensitive to detail, which in return, helps to enhance performance and safety.

Traditional sunglass lenses force us to make a compromise between the colours we want to see in an environment and the other colours that interfere with our perception. Oakley PRIZM works to filter out any “noisy” light that could interfere with vision, while emphasizing the colours necessary for optimal performance.

Oakley achieved this innovation by utilizing hyperspectral imaging, a technique used by spy satellites that helps analyze light in real-world environments. The hyperspectral camera allowed engineers to see the patterns and conditions of the spectral peaks that exist in a wide variety of conditions. Once the transmission peaks found in nature were identified, a lens dye was scientifically engineered to match the absorption peaks, which help to boost the “good” light and filter out the “noisy” light.


All PRIZM lenses are made of Plutonite, Oakley’s proprietary lens material. Plutonite is a high-grade polycarbonate that is highly impact resistant. PRIZM lenses are created by melting Plutonite down to liquid form and then adding dyes to give it the desired colour and tint. This manufacturing method is better than other brands because the lenses never fade over time and the UV protection cannot be scratched off because it is infused in the lens.


Not all PRIZM lenses are polarized. This is because not every situation will require it and in some instances it may inhibit performance. Oakley PRIZM Polarized lenses are great for glare reduction and recommended for water activities or driving. Glare is created when the vertical wavelength from the sun reflects off a surface such as water or car bumper and combines with a horizontal wavelength. The main drawback to polarized lenses is that they throw off depth perception due to the polarized filter that cuts out the horizontal wavelength found in glare.

Aside from PRIZM Deep Water and PRIZM Shallow Water, the PRIZM sport lenses are not polarized. So you may be asking yourself, ‘What If I encounter glare in a sport environment?’ Don’t worry, Oakley has a solution for that too. There is a mirror coating on the outside of all of the PRIZM sport-specific lenses that will help with brightness from the sun without sacrificing depth perception or contrast.


All Oakley Authentic lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC and harmful blue light up to 400 nanometers. Blocking out harmful UV rays reduces strain and increases the long-term health of your eyes. By reducing this stress, you can stay focused on what matters.